6 Times Miley Cyrus Threw It Back to the Hannah Montana Era… with Music
It’s no secret that Miley Cyrus has struggled with the fact that she was Hannah Montana in the years after the show ended. In fact, she even appeared on Saturday Night Live back in 2013 to share with the audience that HM was MURDERED. How gruesome?! That’s not all that surprising, though, considering that MiCy has been desperate to shed her wholesome Hannah image since, well, what seemed like forever.
As we all know, Miley has since managed to successfully shed her once pristine reputation, mainly by releasing her Bangerz album and performing alongside Robin Thicke and a foam finger at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Nowadays, she’s somewhat changed her tune and seems to be grateful for the role that launched her career, even though she still wishes she had a normal childhood.
While promoting her latest full-length album, Younger Now, Miley stopped by The Zach Sang Show and spoke a little bit about the impact Hannah Montana had on her life, saying it was “really hard every day from, like, 11 to 18… I didn’t get a school escape like most people. I went to work with my dad… And then my grandma went with me every day. It was a lot of time with dad and grandma.”
Honestly, we can totally understand how not going to a regular school and spending every minute with her dad and grandma caused her to want to break out from her Disney image, and TBH, we don’t blame her. But, we’ve gotta say, we still really miss her Hannah Montana era and the songs that came along with it. Luckily, Miley has thrown it back to that era on more than one occasion! Check it out:
1. When she performed “The Climb” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Just last month, Miley sang a tear-jerking throwback of “The Climb” in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy on October 1st. Not only was it amazing to hear Miley return to her roots, but it was especially touching that she dedicated the performance to those that were lost or wounded, and that she acknowledged that once again, we as a nation are facing an uphill battle when it comes to gun control.
2. When she sang “The Climb” on Instagram LIVE.
Fans were treated to an amazing surprise at the end of September around the release of Younger Now, because MiCy took to Instagram LIVE to answer fan questions, and sing a few songs without any instrumentals backing her! One of those songs? A completely stripped rendition of “The Climb” right there on Instagram. Not only was she flawless, but this was the first time she’s sang the song live in six years!
3. When she threw it back to “The Climb” during Carpool Karaoke.
NGL, we loved when Miley did Carpool Karaoke with James Corden following the release of Younger Now, and we were especially obsessed with her belting “The Climb” at the top of her lungs. Wow… there’s just something about Miley’s voice and the acoustics inside that car that sent chills up and down our spines!
4. When she performed “See You Again” at Rainbowland Studios for BBC Radio 1.
Miley did a lot of promo for Younger Now, and one of our personal favorites was when she gave us a look inside Rainbowland Studios, which is the recording studio inside of her Malibu home. Luckily, she did her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge there, and even threw it back to “See You Again.” Okay… we admit that this song isn’t technically from Hannah Montana, but it is from that same era, so it DEFINITELY counts!
5. When she threw a little “Party in the U.S.A.” in there, too!
Honestly, if you weren’t obsessed with “Party in the USA,” you still can’t deny that it was most likely stuck in your head on more than one occasion. Again, this technically isn’t a HM song, but it’s still represents the OG Miley and we’re SO here for it.
6. When she stunned the audience with a heartfelt performance of “The Climb” at the CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute.
Just around the same time Hannah Montana was wrapping up, Miley appeared at the CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute and graced the audience with a beautiful performance of “The Climb.” Yes, we were shook back then, and yes, we are still shook now. Aren’t you?